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Does Scanning Software Affect Google Analytics


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#1 lister

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 10:55 AM

Hi - do you think running a vulerability scanner will spike traffic to my site? Thanks



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 11:54 AM

What does the vulnerability scanner do? Don't link to any Websites. Just please provide a list of its claimed features.

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 12:25 PM

Looks for the usual holes in a site - i.e. SQL Injection/ XSS redirection/ etc - all the usual script kiddie automated bot stuff...

In fact, I am pretty sure that i am right about this tool that scans your site, that it pinged the GAnalytics to give readings of hits...

 

My traffic shot up like 2,000 uniques in a day and it must be that....

 

All other traffic stast seem regular and normal....

 

Thanks!


Edited by lister, 14 February 2014 - 12:27 PM.


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Posted 14 February 2014 - 05:30 PM

If you have the ability to disable the Google Analytics code the next time you run the scanner, you should do that to avoid loading up your data with false hits.

Alternatively you can add a filter for your own IP address (or whatever IP address the scanner runs from) to Google Analytics.

If you're running AdSense or some other advertising code that the scanner might execute, you may want to disable that, too.




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